This Leadership and Entrepreneurship Institute is a product of Vaka Health Foundation. The institute aims to promote leadership and entrepreneurship in the context of a dynamic healthcare environment in Africa. The courses here promote how to initiate a business venture, taking advantages of perceived opportunities and mobilising the required resources. Different theories and perspectives on leadership and entrepreneurship are examined, and the participants are encouraged to apply them to real-life situations.


A boss has subordinates. An entrepreneurial leader has people who believe in them.” Dr. Martijn Driessen – entrepreneur and researcher


'the three legs of the stool are a symbolic representation of innovation, planning and impact'

The participants of the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Institute are expected to;

  • Apply knowledge of entrepreneurship in health business innovation;
  • Engage in effective collaborative learning to produce an authentic business proposal;
  • Reflect on the skills and qualities required to develop an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Apply knowledge of entrepreneurship in preparing, and delivering, a business presentation;
  • Critically evaluate understandings of leadership based on experiential and theoretical learning.

Vaka Health Foundation promotes nurses who would like to start health care ventures in health care clinics for example;

  • Telehealth Clinics
  • Diabetics Care Clinics
  • Wound care Clinics
  • Continence Clinics
  • Memory Clinics
  • Health Assessment Clinics
  • Community Care Clinics
  • Drug and Alcohol Clinics
  • Aged Care Homes
  • Midwifery Clinics


Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & value creation

About the course

The course will explore the development of ideas, into innovative products and services, within an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial construct to deliver financial and or social value.  Key concepts on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, innovation, and value creation will be covered.

All participants will have an opportunity to share, and to discuss their ideas with the faculty. During the workshops, participants will be provided with the basic tools essential in setting up, and managing a small, to medium size business. During the duration of the course, participants will develop a business plan of their own. They will have an opportunity at the end of the twelve weeks to network with fellow participants in person.

Specific Objectives

1.      To enhance participants' skills in small to medium-scale business development;

2.      To create a platform for the practical application of entrepreneurial ideas and skills

3.      Provide seed funding to eligible participants for their ‘Startup.’   

Expected outcomes

By the end of these workshops and seminars participants will be able to:

1.       Develop their business plan.

2.       Have a business proposal in place.

3.       Understand legal requirements and their legal responsibilities as a business owner.

4.       Identify various sources of funding and apply for funding.

5.       Have a good understanding of the business ecosystem in their setting.

Have a well-developed ‘Pitch’ for their business.


Adj Professor Peter K Williams.   


Peter is originally a Geoscientist, and technology developer, and more recently a serial entrepreneur.  Peter has developed technology, IT, Mineral Exploration, and Mining as well as health business around the world.  He is active and creative in education and training in Geosciences and health and is a co-founder of I.TTG.O in Burkina Faso, which is the first private Geoscience Training Institute in West Africa.  He has developed ideas from Universities and Research organizations and developed them into a profitable business.

Associate Professor Mimmie Watts.  RN. MPH, GCTE PhD.         


Associate Prof Watts is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Public Health, and Leadership. She is the Director, of Industry Cooperation, Federation University, Australia. Assoc Professor Watts coordinates the Master of Health, Leadership, and the Master of Health Services Management. Assoc Prof watts has twenty years experience in the health and higher education sectors, with sixteen years in the higher education sector, as a university lecturer and now Associate Professor.

Assoc/Prof Watts has experience in academia, leadership, and governance; Course design/development; with extensive board experience as a non-executive director.

Assoc/Prof Watts has a PhD in Public Health from La Trobe University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne. She trained as RN, prior to that she studied natural/pure sciences. She completed the Emerging Executive Women in Health Leadership Program at Harvard University, USA.

Assoc Professor Watts currently serves on the Boards of Queen Elizabeth Centre - Public Hospital; the VAKA Health Foundation, etc., in Australia, and on the Policy Committee, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Geneva. Assoc/Prof Watts is a council member of the African Science Research Innovation Council (ASRIC), African Union Commission, and the ASRIC Chair, Australia Chapter.

Assoc Prof Watts is the author of ‘Sahara Piercing the Thatch Ceiling’ and other refereed journal articles, with significant impact. Follow her on LinkedIn via

Heather Grain, A Dip MRA, GDip IS, MHI, FACH  


Heather has international and national expertise in the development, implementation, management, and governance of EHR and eHealth systems, terminological content, and education. Heather focuses on practical, future-focused solutions to improve the safe use of computer technology Developing the understanding and skills of decision-makers as well as those implementing eHealth are important to me as achieving the vision requires an understanding of the vision. Respected nationally and internationally, particularly in the difficult areas of data representation, standards, semantic interoperability, and practical system implementation I have consulted to governments, healthcare organisations, and software vendors.

Heather has held leadership roles in health informatics at ISO, HL7 and IHTSDO, understanding the requirements of organisations, clinical domains, and researchers and the need for harmonisation to develop appropriate skills and education strategies.







Virtual Workshop



Expected outcomes

 April 15, 2023


0.5 hrs

Overview of the Startup process


Idea (s) generation

0.5 hrs

Develop idea (s) for a Startup, where do ideas come from, development


Business Plan development, leadership, and team building

1 hrs

Discuss and develop their plan, using the outline of your idea.


Telemedicine, telehealth, mhealth, ehealth, and other

1 hrs

Key concepts of telemedicine, and business and career opportunities in these areas

April 22, 2023

Funding your ideas

1 hrs

Knowledge of key stages and processes in obtaining funding, where, and when.


Key legal concepts of Startups

1 hrs

Legal concepts, protecting your business idea, legal structuring of businesses for growth, the design and use of contracts


Marketing Customers, attracting, maintaining, and growing.

1 hrs

The different marketing mechanisms, and how to build a marketing plan.


Cashflows, Budgets, and discipline

1 hrs

Cashflow, the use of budgets, and the need for discipline and monitoring


Optionality Mapping

0.5 hrs

Mappings - manage the unexpected.


The Pitch:  Presentations and wrapping it all up

1 hrs

Presentations of Elevator pitches.

Awards and networking

April 29, 2023

ZOOM MENTORING SESSIONS, one per week of 1-hour maximum duration


Development of their idea into a sustainable business plan, a compelling pitch, and a believable budget for the next stage of the evolution of their idea.

June 30



Winning 4 persons/groups will win microfinancing.



Join the course by following this link below 

Last modified: Thursday, 30 March 2023, 7:18 AM